IAEA Chief Doubts Iranian CCTV Footage Vanished

  • Tehran hasn’t let the agency go back to the workshop for months
  • An agreement was reached on Wednesday to end the standoff
  • This agreement did not cover the issue of missing images
  • “It’s very strange that he disappears,” says Grossi

VIENNA, Dec 17 (Reuters) – The United Nations atomic watchdog doubts that surveillance camera footage of an Iranian centrifuge parts workshop was missing after an apparent attack in June, even though Iran did not produce them, the head of the agency said. Friday.

The issue was not resolved by an agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency on Wednesday to let the IAEA reinstall cameras at the Karaj workshop that Iran removed after the attack apparent, which Tehran imputes to Israel.

the agreement should end a months-long standoff over IAEA access there.

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One of four IAEA cameras in Karaj was destroyed in the June incident. Iran removed the four cameras and showed them to the IAEA, but the destroyed camera’s data storage device was not included. The IAEA and Western powers have called on Iran to explain itself, without success so far.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi attends a news conference during an IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna, Austria September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard foeger

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“We have doubts about it and that’s why we ask: ‘Where is it?

“I hope they find an answer because it’s very strange that she disappears.”

The Karaj deal averted a diplomatic escalation that threatened to derail broader talks on salvaging the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The cameras aim to verify that Iran is not secretly siphoning off parts of uranium enrichment centrifuges made there, but the footage will remain sealed in Iran so the IAEA cannot see it for the record. instant, as has been the case on several occasions. locations since February.

The IAEA was unable to verify whether Karaj has resumed operations, but Grossi said “it would be a logical conclusion” that the advanced centrifuges recently installed at Fordow, a site buried in a mountain, came from there .

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Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Angus MacSwan

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